A new Draft Register of Electors for all of County Tipperary, including all the areas within North Tipperary County Council and South Tipperary County Council requires updating for 2014/2015. Same is required in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral, Local Government and Planning and Development Act of 2013.
The present existing Draft Register of Electors can be checked at anytime in your local Post Office, Public Library, Garda Station, Courthouse or your Local Authority Office.
Persons should make sure that their name is placed on this new Draft Register of Electors by November 25th next, 2013.
Note: If voters have a physical illness or disability or their occupation or place of study prevents them from voting at their polling station, they should apply to go on the Postal or Special Voters List, as appropriate, also by the same date, November 25th next.
Any person who wishes to check if they are on the current Draft 2014/2015 Register of Electors may also check same on South Tipperary County Council’s website, www.southtippcoco.ie. or the North Tipperary County Council’s website, www.tipperarynorth.ie or indeed www.checktheregister.ie.
Any queries regarding this matter should be directed to the Franchise Section, South Tipperary County Council at (052) 6134513 or Corporate Support Section, North Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary – telephone (067) 44521.
It is with deepest sympathy we report the sudden death of former South Tipperary Fianna Fail Minister and MEP Mr Noel Davern.
The former Teachta Dála (TD), Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Farmer, Publican, and Company Representative died today (October 27th 2013) aged almost 68 years, (Dec 1945 – Oct 2013).
Noel Davern was born in Cashel, South County Tipperary, the son of Michael Davern, latter whom himself was also a TD between 1948 and 1965.
He was educated at the Christian Brothers School (CBS) Cashel, Co Tipperary, and later at the Franciscan College, Gormanston, in Co Meath.
Mr Davern was a former Minister for Education and later a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture.
In the 1979 European Parliament election he was elected as an MEP for the Munster constituency. He failed to contest the 1981 Irish General Election choosing instead to concentrate on his European career, but lost his seat at the European Parliament during the 1984 European Parliament elections. Mr Davern was once again elected to Dáil Éireann in the 1987 General Election.
Mr Davern is survived by his loving wife Anne Marie and their three children Don, Marc and Davina.
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The current construction and development of a 40 megawatt wind farm at Bruckhana in Co Tipperary progressed a step closer today when it was officially launched on behalf of Bord na Móna by Labour Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte.
Bord na Móna last year had selected several acres of cutaway peat-lands for the construction and development of this new wind farm, located on the borders joining the Counties Kilkenny, Laois and Tipperary and between the villages of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Johnstown, Co Kilkenny, latter known generally to local residents as Templetuohy bog.
Bord na Móna have been involved in peat production operations at this site since the 1950′s and parts of the bog still remain in active peat production. This new development is named after one of the local townlands namely ‘Bruckhana’ latter which is included in this site where the current construction of these turbines are now being progressed.
When fully operational this wind farm will greatly improve the geographical distribution of wind energy facilities emerging nationally and will contribute to bring a more balanced input of wind energy to the National Grid thus supporting the Government’s 40% required EU target for electricity power generated from renewable energy sources.
“Speaking at the launch the Minister stated; “Ireland has a challenging EU renewable energy target to meet by 2020, which includes meeting 40% of our electricity demand from renewable sources. We are now making progress to meet this target, and with the development of renewable generation of this scale at Bruckhana we will eventually see, when it is complete, how crucial it will become to maintaining the rate of build necessary to achieve these set EU targets.
Ireland is fortunate to have some of the best renewable energy resources in Europe. Not only will the exploitation of this clean, sustainable, indigenous resource allow us to break our dependence on expensive imported fossil fuels and reduce our harmful emissions, it also holds the potential for Ireland to become an exporter of renewable energy, with its attendant economic benefits for the country.
Yesterday I launched the first stage of a consultation process on the Renewable Energy Export and Development Framework. The approval of any proposed large scale renewable energy export projects must await the putting in place of this framework. I recognise the significance of the announcement Bord na Móna has made here today, regarding their Clean Energy Hub. I urge them, and all other prospective developers, to now fully engage with this consultation process.”
The Minister also called on developers to communicate fully, the local and national socio-economic benefits flowing from investment in their projects and to examine how best they can deliver on community gain.
Severance payments made to our politicians are now to be abolished, under a Bill which was published by the Public Expenditure Minister Mr Brendan Howlin at lunchtime today.
On a day when more than ten thousand senior citizens, known as “The Grey Brigade” and a small number of younger demonstrators have held a rally outside Leinster House in Dublin protesting against cuts to Medical Cards, Prescription Fees and Job Seekers Allowance, this decision by the present Government, now makes good the promise to end the “golden handshake” payments to retiring Ministers.
Introduced in 1992, under this scheme, TDs departing senior Ministerial Office received a once off payment of nearly €90,000 over a period of two years, while Ministers of State received a somewhat smaller payment.
The reason behind such payments was to help cushion the reduction in salary between being a Minister and ordinary TD. This payment was treated separate and cast no reflection on future individual pensions for these Ministers and members of the Oireachtas.
This published Bill will also make adjustments to the Party Leaders allowances, paid to political parties. Parties will now have to report to the public ethics watchdog, SIPO, telling them how their funding is spent.
Templemore Garda Training College
It was Garda Commissioner Mr Martin Callinan who told an Oireachtas Justice Committee in November 2012 last, that he would not like to see his Garda Force sink below 13,000, before new recruitment resumes.
Current natural wastage through Garda retirements runs between 250 and 450 per year, thus signalling that Garda numbers will fall below 13,000 before any new Garda recruits can take up postings late next year or in early 2015, since all new recruits are required to complete a 32 week period of training before being posted to selected stations.
In realistic terms this would indicate that if new recruits are not sought to begin their training immediately or within the first three months of 2014, then it would be early 2015 by the time they could be granted station posts, thus reducing Garda numbers to several hundred personnel below the specified required 13,000.
It was expected that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter would use the latest ‘Budget 2014,’ to inform this country of his future plans for such recruitment. However while Budget 2014 appears to grant a commitment to resuming Garda recruitment, it failed to indicate a specific date regarding the lifting of any current staff embargo.
As part of the terms of our EU-IMF bailout, the Troika had stipulated that Garda numbers were to be reduced to 13,000 by the end of 2012. They were not, rather instead overtime and wages were cut to meet the cost overspill. It was anticipated that while numbers would be reduced close to 13,000, it was never imagined that Gardaí numbers would be allowed to fall below Commissioner Callinan’s required stated level.
In July of this year Fine Gael Justice Minister Alan Shatter stated that it was very important for an organisation like An Garda Síochána, given the demanding nature of policing, to receive a reasonably regular intake of new recruits. He also stated he would be making arrangements with the Public Appointments Service, so that they could do the necessary preparatory work to deal with new applications later this year.
Earlier in February 2013 Deputy Noel Coonan TD warmly welcomed positive news from his Fine Gael colleague, Justice Minister Alan Shatter, that the Government was now to review its position regarding the future recruitment of new Gardaí.
In his statement of February last Deputy Coonan said; “Garda numbers have been reducing, due to the moratorium on recruitment put in place by the previous Government as part of its plan to reduce the strength of the force to 13,000. Our objective, despite the enormous financial pressures facing the Government is to ensure that Garda numbers will not fall below 13,000. At Wednesday’s Cabinet Meeting, Minister Shatter announced the good news that recruitment may recommence as part of a wider determination to ensure that the Garda Síochána, as a body, has the greatest possible resources made available to it, and that it is supported in making the necessary new reforms to ensure that those resources are used to the greatest effect.”
For A Ha’porth Of Tar The Ship Was Lost
Despite cuts in pay, cuts in staff numbers and cuts in overtime, no commitment to future Garda recruitment has commenced, despite the continued diminishing of services to the taxpaying public.
To my knowledge no Troika members were in attendance at the funeral of a murdered Dundalk detective earlier this year, to apologise, seek forgiveness or offer their sympathy to his family.
However, no doubt the huge financial cost now incurred by the State, following this detectives unnecessary death was discussed, yet the moratorium on Garda recruitment continues to be ignored.